A Closer Look: What Makes Building Materials Green?

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Building and construction activities worldwide consume 3 billion tons of raw materials each year or 40 percent of total global use. Using green building materials and products promotes conservation of dwindling nonrenewable resources internationally. In addition, integrating green building materials into building projects can help reduce the environmental impacts associated with the extraction, transport, processing, fabrication, installation, reuse, recycling, and disposal of these building industry source materials. So what criteria must be met to make a product or material green? Green building materials are composed of renewable, rather than nonrenewable resources. Green materials are environmentally responsible because impacts are considered over the life of the product. Depending upon project-specific goals, an assessment of green materials may involve an evaluation of one or more of the criteria listed below.

  • Resource efficiency
  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water conservation
  • Affordability

For details on the listed criteria and the three basic steps of product selection please follow link for full article http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/greenbuilding/materials/#Resource

If you don’t have time to do extensive research on building products choosing green certified products can ensure your product has been researched and tested to be environmentally responsible. There are a number of green certifications building products can receive one globally recognized certification is by EcoLogo part of the UL Global Network. They provide third party certification of environmentally-preferable products. Follow this link to view EcoLogo Certified EcoSolve products and more http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590

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Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

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Motivated by the sense of a fresh start for tackling those home improvement projects that never got done the year before, many DIYers have a wish list of to-dos primarily inspired by the latest trends in design and remodeling. Your to-do list can be done with a little know how and a lot of planning. Follow this link for some pointers on some of the most common DIY projects being tackled this year. Everything from garage organization systems, to updating lighting, and renovations in the kitchen and bath. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/5-home-improvement-projects-for-the-new-year?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=#.UTZljlcUN2R For great DIY tips on everything to do with paint, stains, and refinishing projects subscribe to the EcoSolve Blog. We have information coming out of our ears on ways to save money, work safe, and work smart on all kinds of DIY home projects. Get the info you need to get the job done right! http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/

 

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Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can safely remove multiple coatings and finishes including

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  • Oil-based paints
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Renovate Right The Rules of Lead Safety

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The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Homes built before 1978 where commonly painted with lead based paint 30 years later that paint starts to chip and crack causing all kinds of health concerns for you and your family. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the RRP rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt. The EPA found that 60% of firms inspected in 2011 had not yet been certified to perform RRP work. It’s not fear of fines that should motivate contractors to comply with lead safety rules but the people they can seriously harm on the receiving end of lead paint dust. NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) maintains an online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements members can access this info for free. For full article, links to NAHB RRP info, and a list of states that self enforce RRP rules follow the link http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/21473/uptick-expected-in-lead-paint-rule-enforcement If you own a home built before 1978 and want to conduct repairs to damaged paint or renovate always test for lead first. You can purchase easy to use lead test kits in most hardware stores and know exactly what your dealing with. If you have lead paint in your home and need to remove it hiring a certified contractor is a safe option but not everyone can afford to do this. EcoSolve Americas provides affordable paint removal products that can safely remove lead paint when safe lead paint removal procedures are carefully followed. Check out this EcoSolve Blog on recommended EPA lead removal practices and stay safe! http://cfisher-courtneysblog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/working-safe-with-lead-based-paint.html EcoSolve’s Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover can effectively remove lead paint without creating dust by encasing the contaminated material and keeping it wet while softening for easier removal. Home Strip is a water based gel stripper that has been EcoLogo Certified as a safe alternative to chemical stripping. For more info on EcoSolve and there safe solutions for paint removal please visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/

The Green Building Movement: What Shade of Green are You?

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Several years ago I never thought the green building market would ever grow this large, this fast. As I now see these various green groups forming their own identities, I realize that we are still just at the tip of the iceberg. Just as market forces have begun to separate the design and construction community into various shades of green, the very same forces have caused the building product manufacturing companies to respond accordingly. There are now products produced for every shade of green that is buying. To walk the floor and see all of the amazing pieces of green building products/technology, produced for all of the shades of these green groups, and to see how it has evolved over the years, is truly amazing to behold. Follow this link for a break down on the various levels of green and see what shade you are http://blog.greenwizard.com/wp/2012/12/the-evolving-green-building-market-greenbuild-2012/?goback=.gde_1903058_member_192170519 No matter what level of green you are EcoSolve Americas has green products you can trust. Certified safe alternatives for paint and coating removers as well as a new line of bio-enzyme cleaners and water management technologies coming soon. For more information on EcoSolve and certified Eco-preferable products visit http://www.ecosolveamericas.com/ Find our EcoLogo Certified product listing here http://www.ecologo.org/en/participatingcompanies/details.asp?client_id=590